Daniel Farke's Leeds United press conference live: Transfer strategy, Luke Ayling loan exit and Cardiff City

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Leeds United manager Daniel Farke hosts his pre-match press conference at Thorp Arch ahead of his side's visit to face Cardiff City this weekend.

The Whites will be without Djed Spence and Luke Ayling on Saturday as the team face Erol Bulut's Bluebirds, after the pair departed Elland Road under different circumstances. It's anticipated Farke will provide an injury update on the other members of his squad who were absent for the 3-0 win over Peterborough United in the FA Cup Third Round last Sunday.

It is just over a year since Leeds' most recent visit to the Cardiff City Stadium, and five months on from the reverse fixture - a 2-2 draw to kickstart Leeds' Championship campaign which signalled Farke's first competitive game in charge.

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The manager and his squad bid farewell to Ayling after seven-and-a-half years earlier this week as the 32-year-old defender joined Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the season. It spells the end of Ayling's time at Elland Road with his contract expiring at the end of 2023/24.

The manager is expected to pay tribute to the Leeds stalwart in his pre-match press conference this afternoon, which takes place from 1:30pm, in addition to explaining how the Whites plan to navigate the January transfer market having allowed two right-backs to leave during the first ten days of the month. Follow all the updates here.

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Welcome to Thorp Arch

Good afternoon. Just under ninety minutes until Daniel Farke joins us in the media suite at Thorp Arch.

Top of the agenda will be Luke Ayling's exit after the promotion-winning full-back joined Middlesbrough on a loan deal 'til the end of the season, calling time on his Elland Road stay with his contract expiring in the summer.

We'll also put the transfer question to Farke, too, in order to gauge the club's strategy following the departure of not one, but two, right-backs in the space of a week.

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